To whom ever reads this .....I have been assess as having Borderline Personality Disorder by the mental health team in my area.
My experience is as follows-----
I flipped out after being under family stress for some timeand my husband (at 42yrs) had a heartattack(no warnings). He is doing OK at the moment. Back to me , at the time of flipping out I did not know what was happening to me but knew something was wrong. I persisted with life , in general, as well as I could for about 1 week. A series of events then took me to the mental health services in my area resulting in hospitalisation for about 2 weeks.
At first the assessment was clinical depression with other factors with it ( suicidal tendencies & psychotic behaviour).
Many years of counselling with their resident phycologist helped me to eventually discover some traits of behaviour that have helped to shape my thinking and reactions to certain situations( not all of them good patterns but some worth keeping).
It has been nearly 8 yrs since flipping out and I think in the main I am doing well, I still have slip backs but have some things I can do to minimize the risk of over reaction.
From the time of admission to hospital( a mental hospital- public) I have been taking medication. First for depression only then readjusted over time to anti-depression and psychotic meds
I feel that in many cases of Borderline Personality Disorder people medication may be of assistance with regard to stabilizing extreme behaviour. To say that medication is not necessarily used under these circumstances is to say that medication should not be investigated when in fact( in my experience) it can always be an option.
Obviously there is more detail involved in my story but that may come later.